Rue Royale – Chip Away – Audio

The Nottingham (England) based duo of Brookln Dekker and Ruth Dekker, who perform as the alt-folk band Rue Royale, released the LP  In Parallel on the 28th of September.

Rue Royale - photo credit - Sebastian Madej

Rue Royale – photo credit – Sebastian Madej

Having been around for a dozen or so years, first based in Chicago (USA) the duo have created a strong international audience, which extends far beyond their combined US and UK nationalities with their involving cerebral compositions that enthral the listener.

Having taken stock of the realities and priorities of life, which was particularly drawn to a head by the birth of their child, saw Rue Royale take some time out to reappraise and the release of In Parallel rediscovers the duo ready to take to the road again to deliver music which reflects of their new circumstance.

Chip Away is the fifth of the dozen songs on the album, which is available on bandcamp.

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Evil Scarecrow – Red Riding Hood – Video

The English theatrical-metal outfit Evil Scarecrow will be releasing the LP Chapter IV: Antartarctica on the 28th.

Evil Scarecrow - Red Riding Hood

Evil Scarecrow

Their ability to take a standard metal construct and add embellishing flourishes to create music of drama that doesn’t sound self-indulgent marks Evil Scarecrow as a band it is always a pleasure to discover what they are up to at any given point in time.

Red Riding Hood, the second of the ten tracks on the forthcoming album, implies current location being – science-fantasy.

Chapter IV: Antartarctica – Evil Scarecrow is available on iTunes.*

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The Struts – Bulletproof Baby – Audio

The English rock quartet The Struts will be releasing the LP Young & Dangerous on the 19th of October.

The Struts - Bulletproof Baby

The Struts

First introduced in 2012, while they have gone on to establish themselves as a well supported outfit, although there have been periods when they appear have forgotten who they are, seemingly  confusing life with hype – Bulletproof Baby – the fourth of the bakers dozen tracks on the album – finds their feet once again firmly planted on the ground.

YOUNG&DANGEROUS – The Struts is available on iTunes.*

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Ivory Wave – Frankie – Single Review

The quintet of George Johnson (Vocals), Connor McMinn (Guitar), Luke Morris (Bass), Rob Clarke (Keys) and Seb Baldwin (Drummer) who form the indie-dance band from Birmingham in England –  Ivory Wave – released the single Frankie on the 14th.

Ivory Wave - photo by Laura Benwell

Ivory Wave – photo by Laura Benwell

Having introduced Ivory Wave earlier this year, with some enthusiasm on hitting play, not being well disposed towards vocoders the opening phrases had me scratching my head in doubt, only for that to rapidly be dispelled as Frankie soon flowers in to a a trippE track which would not have been out of place at The Haçienda.

The synth melts in to the instrumentation to create a spiralling psychedelia of cascaded rock from which the vocal drifts in and out of focus, demanding of an immediate replay. An extended 12″ dayglo yellow vinyl version would not be unwelcome either.

Frankie – Single – Ivory Wave is available on iTunes.*

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The Black Roses – El Diablo – Single Review

The rock quartet of Anthony Stevenson (Vocals / Guitar), Richard Jones (Lead guitar), Mike Goodfellow (Drums) and Val Péan (Bass) from London (England) who form The Black Roses released the single El Diablo on the 14th.

The Black Roses

The Black Roses

Having had a wander through their back catalogue I nearly didn’t make it back as, akin to the title of their EP from last year, I found myself in a state of Utopia and who desires to leave utopia in a hurry?

El Diablo further attests to a quartet who know one end of a song from another as the dark oppressive presence bleeds in to the room with bass pulsing through the subwoofer and the guitars scratching at the walls while drum paces like a menacing guard corralling prisoners, tipped by a half-spoken vocal which combine to create a track of bewitching malediction.

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